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I’m terrible with names … fictional names … even worse

I am good at some things, but of all my weaknesses, remembering names is one of my greatest. I have to see a person over and over, talk to them, get to know them and then maybe I’ll have the chance of remembering their name. Even then, sometimes, my brain completely blanks out when it comes to using their name. It’s just embarrassing. Fortunately, when you read a book, it’s OK if you forget someone’s name, until there are many of them right at the beginning of the story. Then you need to have a printed list of the cast of characters. Thankfully, Wayne Thomas Batson provides that right away, before you even start the story. The start of a 7 volume series called Myridian Constellation, The Sword in the Stars is a great start and gripped me immediately (…. except for all the names).

About the Book

Book Title: Sword in the Stars

Author: Wayne Thomas Batson

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Release date: August 16 ,2017

The difference in their uncanny eyes could not be easily discerned. In the rays of the setting sun, both Aravel’s and Morlan’s eyes appeared gold. In the pale moonlight…yellow. Seemingly the same. Such inscrutable likeness is the way of things with identical twins. But all who knew the two brothers well noted unmistakable differences, peculiarities more experienced than seen. Those who stood before King Aravel’s gaze felt the glad firelight of a cozy inn. But those who fell under Morlan’s stare felt the gleam of winter moonlight on the cold, white stone monuments in a boneyard. FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE DOOR WITHIN TRILOGY comes an epic tale of two powerful kings whose rivalry threatens to tear the world of Myriad apart. Into this chaos of treachery and war, strides ex-assassin Alastair Coldhollow whose quest for redemption leads him to the one foe he cannot defeat with a thrust of his sword. Everything may hinge on an age-old prophecy, but after thousands of years, will the Sword appear in the Stars at last? With the aid of Abbagael Rivynfleur, a not-so-naive girl from the forest villages, Alastair will tread forgotten roads, face legendary creatures, and meet mysterious new races of people, all in an effort to find Myriad’s Halfainin. So begins the sweeping seven-volume Myridian Constellation. Read on to discover what happens when the Sword is in the Stars, and the moon is blood red…

My Thoughts

Apart from the plethora of names, I find the story intriguing. It is a great start to a series that I believe I might enjoy (Christmas list!!). There is nothing slow about it, but it doesn’t go so quickly that you lose a lot in the story telling. In my recent time of reviewing books, I have read a few from the fantasy genre. Different facets can drive a story. Sometimes it’s the characters. They are engaging and interesting and you develop a concern for them and what’s going to happen to them, that was Shadows’ Sorrow, while the fantasy elements kind of “ride along” and help with the story. Sometimes it’s the fantasy element itself, and the characters become secondary players, for me, that was Kingdom of Ruins. Sword in the Stars is both for me. I think Wayne Batson does a great job of balancing both elements, hence creating an incredible world.

One thing that stood out to me is, that it is not a “nice” story, it’s gritty and earthy. There’s battle and blood shed and death, but you can’t have heroes without villains. You can’t have light without dark. The Greatest Story Ever Told is about the Greatest of All defeating the darkest of dark, defeating death itself. Sometimes you have to tread through the darkness to appreciate the light.

I received this book as a gift. I have not been compensated for my review in any way, other than a really good read.

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About the Author

Wayne Thomas Batson is the Bestselling author of seventeen adventure novels including the fan favorite: Door Within Trilogy, the pirate trilogy: The Isle Chronicles, the 7-book fantasy epic: Myridian Constellation, and a supernatural thriller series for adults: GHOST: The John Spector Missions. Batson credits God for every concept, story, word, and phrase (“Except the mistakes,” Batson says. “Those are all me.”) Happily married for 25 years, Batson and his wife have four adult children and make their home in Carroll County, Maryland.

A middle school Reading and English teacher for 27 years, Batson loves to challenge—and be challenged by—his students. So, when he began writing stories to supplement the school district’s curriculum, it was his students who taught their teacher a lesson. Batson’s students were so taken by one of the stories that, over a thirteen-year span, they pushed him to make it into a full-length novel. That story became The Door Within. Since then, Batson’s students continue to be his frontline editors. Says Batson, “Two things you can count on from middle school students: Intelligence and Honesty. Kids are so much more perceptive than a lot of us ‘Big Folk’ give them credit for. And when something’s not right in the story, they’ll tell you about in very clear terms.” With over half a million books in print, Batson believes his books appeal to so many kids and adults because, at a deep level, we all long to do something that matters, and we all dream of another world.

Guest Post from Wayne

Wayne Thomas Batson here. If you’re wondering why I always use my middle name, no, it’s not because I want to sound all stodgy or literary. Thomas is my father’s name. I’ve always wanted to honor him by using the name in my author name, esp. now because he passed away in 2015. If you’ve been reading my books for a while, you probably think The Door Within is my first book. Technically, however, it is not. The concept for Sword in the Stars actually popped into my head before The Door Within. The book actually appeared in two parts: Alastair’s story and Ariana’s story (from Errant King). At first I just didn’t realize they were both in the same HUGE story. In the meantime, Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins published The Door Within Trilogy, and I kept getting contracts, keeping me from Sword in the Stars until 2012. But God was pretty insistent about the story because I kept getting flooded with ideas for what will eventually become the 7-Book Myridian Constellation series. Seriously, you should see the looks I get at church when I sit down during worship to scrawl story ideas on the back of a church bulletin!

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Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Wayne is giving away a grand prize of The Official Bat Book Box O’ Mystery (including some one of a kind, early handwritten drafts of my published books)!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d4ec/sword-in-the-stars-celebration-tour-giveaway

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